Full Professor, Political Science & Director, Center for American Politics and Public Policy
Department of Political Science & Psychology (by courtesy)
Areas of Expertise:Democracy & Civic Engagement
Efrén draws on psychological insights to better understand the political attitudes and behaviors of racial and ethnic groups in the U.S. Substantively, he conducts research on implicit political cognition, group identity, and language and survey response. Methodologically, he designs and runs experiments, especially in the realm of racial and ethnic politics. He also uses latent variable models to design, validate, and refine measures of attitudes, identities, and beliefs in inter-group settings.
Efrén has published articles on these topics in the American Journal of Political Science, The Journal of Politics, Political Analysis, Political Behavior, and Political Psychology. His book, Unspoken Politics: Implicit Attitudes and Political Thinking (Cambridge University Press), is the recipient of the 2017 Best Book Award from the Race, Ethnicity, and Politics Section of the American Political Science Association; and the 2017 Best Book on Latino Politics from the Latino Caucus of the American Political Science Association.
He is a firm believer in actively mentoring young scholars, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels.